How can I stop my cat from being constipated?
Topic: How can I stop my cat from being constipated?
January 25, 2020 / By Woodrow Question:
How can I stop my cat from being constipated? I've fed her prunes and massaged her colon all weekend but she still won't take a massive poop.
Best Answers: How can I stop my cat from being constipated?
Shaquille | 2 days ago
Water consumption is very important, for the constipation-prone cat. Find out what your cat’s water preferences are and accommodate them. Know that canned food has a higher water content than dried food and that milk can have a laxative effect in some (but not all) cats.Sources of supplementary fiber include bran, psyllium (Metamucil), and canned pumpkin. Some cats will eat these products, others won’t. If your cat will eat them, mix the fiber-rich supplement in with quality canned cat food. However, before you implement any dietary changes, consult your veterinarian to make sure the changes you propose meet your cat’s dietary and health needs. Increased dietary fiber doesn’t help every cat.Another newer approach along with the above has met with some success.This includes use of two prescription medications lactulose, a medications that softens the stool, and propulcid, a motility modifier. Another medication now used is ranitidine, again with some success.Your veterinarian may give your cat subcutaneous or intravenous replacement fluids. Rehydration with intravenous fluid may also be necessary to help renurish the colon with electrolytes and fluids.A cat should have a bowel movement at least once a day.
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Originally Answered: How to stop eating? ?
Actually, it's been proven that if you stop eating altogether, you gain more weight because the body feeds on it's own fat storage. If you wanna eat small, this is what I did when I was younger. In the morning, drink a bottle of water straight. Then eat two tablespoons of peanut butter. PB fills you up. Drink water all through the day. Green tea helps burn fat. Right before you go to bed have two more tablespoons of PB.
My cat has chronic constipation problems. He was diagnosed with something called megacolon. It is when the colon muscle gets stretched out from chronic constipation and can no longer contract to allow the cat to defecate. My vet gives him an enema with ducosate. He said do not try other types of enemas as some may be poisonous to the cat. You can buy the ducosate enemas over the counter. You may have to ask the pharmacist to order them. They come in prefilled tubes with a long pointy tip, so they are relatively easy to use, although giving a cat an enema is never a pleasant experience for either party.
My vet also prescribed a laxative called lactulose/enulose. It is one of the $4 Walmart prescriptions. One bottle lasts us for months. Our cat gets about 1ml twice daily. He still gets backed up, but I usually just give him a couple of double doses of the lactulose and that does the trick. If he stops eating, I give him an enema.
The vet said they can do surgery, where they actually remove the colon and attach the small intestine to the anus. However, it has a 35% - 50% mortality rate. There is also a chance of life long diarrhea.
Hope this helps and I hope your cat's constipation is only a temporary thing.
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You definately need to take him to the vet to be checked out. If he has been constipated for any length of time, he might need an enema. Otherwise, if the constipation continues, he could be at risk for megacolon, which could require surgery. After the vet has checked him over, there are a number of things you can do to prevent the constipation for recurring. First and foremost, you need to change this cat's diet. He should not be eatin people food, and especially the food you are feeding him. For constipated cats, canned cat food is best, because it contains more liquid. Making sure your cat is getting enough water is also key, because many times when cats are constipated, they are also dehydrated. You can also mix in Metamucil with the food, which will help keep him regular. I have also heard of laxatone, which is a hairball remedy. Hairballs are a common cause of constipation. You also need to make sure that your cat's litter box is immaculate. If the litter box is dirty, your cat may be refusing to go, which can also cause constipation. Hopefully this will help your kitty!
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Cats aren't humans and you don't give prunes. Canned pumpkin is one way
Get some miralax from a pharmacy. it'll work and it is ok for cats
Want it to stop happening before your cat gets blocked and needs an operation? Stop feeding kitty crack
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrediant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Male cats are especially prone to blockages
from dry food. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process. ( Have a fat cat?)
Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all.
THE BEST CAT FOODS CONTAIN NO GRAINS NO BYPRODUCTS
Cats are meat eaters not cereal or rice eaters
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. I would rather feed a middle grade canned food then the top of the line dry food.
Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4a.php
Please read about cat nutrition.
Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Vets.htm
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I had a cat that lived to be 20 years old. It had what they called a Mega Colon, it was explained to me the colon was like a paper bag instead of being tight like a rubber band, every meal I fed the cat I would give a teaspoon of Metamusil, I am telling you what I went through, do not go by what I say, I am not a doctor, please go to the vet and get professional help. My cat had more enimas then I could count. Good Luck!
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Originally Answered: Help! I can't stop eating!?
Ask your doc about switching you to a different medication with fewer side effects. Eat foods that are rich in protein and fiber such as fruits, veggies, and unprocessed meats. Protein shakes also help. You'll stay full a lot longer.